The Washington Capitals trounced the Philadelphia Flyers 6-1 in Game 3, taking a 3-0 series lead, but not before the game got seriously ugly on and off the ice. Illegal and seriously dangerous hits on several Capitals players led to an all-out brawl in the third period. Flyers fans began pelting the ice, refs, and even Capitals team members with wristbands they'd been given as part of a pregame lights show, and continued to do so even as Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds pleaded with them to stop.
Announcer Lou Nolan urged fans to "show some class" during the first wave of bracelet- and garbage-throwing, which persisted even after Nolan warned them the Flyers would be penalized if they continued their disruption. The Flyers were penalized, but the fans just cheered the announcement of the penalty.
Was last night a new low for the Philadelphia Flyers and their fans? Or is this kind of behavior from hockey players and fans just part of the game?